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Physical Education
Subject Information 

Physical education recognises the physical, mental, emotional, and social 

dimensions of human movement, and emphasises the contribution of physical activity to the promotion of individual and group wellbeing. Learning in physical  education involves the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills, and attitudes central to physical education, together with recognition of its potential for 

integration with other curriculum areas. The general aim of physical education is to contribute to the preparation of the student for a life of autonomous wellbeing 


The purpose of the physical education course is to develop the student’s ability to participate in physical education and physical activity. 

The course is suitable for students who have a strong interest in sports, physical fitness or physical activities such as dancing. It develops the student’s performance levels, as well as introducing the student to insights into physical activity from the social and life sciences. 


Students choose from a wide variety of physical activities and will work to improve their performance in these activities. 


As the written assessment comprises 50% of the marking, ability in the physical activity alone will not be sufficient, students will need to engage with the classroom portion of the course. The course is structured so that knowledge learned in the classroom, such as how to analyse skills and improve nutrition, will directly benefit the student’s physical performance goals. 


The course recognises the importance of promoting physical activity and the demands an active lifestyle can place on students and adults. The course equips students to be proponents of active lifestyles equipped with the knowledge to maximise their own and others potential. 

Department Members

  • Ms Coyle 

  • Mr Flanagan 

  • Mr Mc Dermott 

  • Ms O Keeffe 

Why Study Physical Education?

For students with a talent for a physical activity, the course could be a valuable source of leaving cert points. However, students will need good attention to detail to work on the required skills for the physical assessment and a willingness to study the classroom sections of the course. 

For students faced with sacrificing sports or other activities to make time for their leaving cert preparation, the Physical Education course offers a way to balance the two.

What kind of Student might Physical Education suit?

The course should suit physically active students who are engaged in individual or team sports as well as activities such as dance and gymnastics. 

Students who plan to pursue a career in sports and fitness occupations, such as physiotherapy, physical training or sports coaching, will benefit from the course. 

Sports need not be a career goal to justify taking the course, the course content will benefit any student for whom participation in sports or dance makes up a significant part of their day to day lives. 

Subject Group: Social 

These subjects explore common issues faced by all people living in society. They develop the skills and knowledge used to manage personal resources and guide human behaviour. 

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